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MS5053 - Designing a Messaging Infrastructure using Exchange 2007

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This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to design a messaging infrastructure. Students will learn to assess an existing infrastructure and determine technical and business requirements for both new Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 deployments and migrations. Students will create a design that addresses security, architecture, scalability, co-existence, and client access needs. They will also learn strategies for gaining approval for designs from stakeholders.
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Detailed Class Syllabus

Before attending this course, students must have:
  • Must understand hardware concepts. For example, what RAID is, what a SAN is, processor options, memory requirements, how disk I/O functions and the limitations of disk I/O, and storage options for Exchange server. The differences in addressable memory spaces between 32 and 64 bit architectures.

  • Must have extensive detailed knowledge of Active Directory concepts and design principles. For example, site replication, integrated authentication, schema extension, DNS, group and organization unit structure and inheritance, etc.

  • Working experience with designing and implementing Active Directory in Windows Server 2003.

  • Must understand Exchange architecture. For example, the purpose of server roles, functions of specific server roles, how message routing and queuing works in Exchange, standard messaging protocols (SMTP, IMAP4, POP3), how Exchange replicates data stores, client access methods, etc.

  • Working experience with Exchange 2000 Server or Exchange Server 2003 and Exchange Server 2007. For example, must have installed, maintained, and supported a production Exchange environment.

  • Must already know how to use:

  • Exchange System Manager/Exchange Management Console

  • Exchange Best Practice Analyzer (ExBPA)

  • Microsoft Visio┬« (to create infrastructure diagrams)

  • Familiarity and experience with a Windows scripting or command line scripting

  • Module 1: Gathering Requirements for a Messaging Infrastructure
  • This module explains how to gather business and technical requirements for a messaging system.

  • Gathering Business Requirements

  • Identifying Additional Requirements

  • Analyzing the Current Messaging Environment

  • Creating a Requirements Document

  • Lab: Gathering Requirements for a Messaging Infrastructure

  • Exercise 1: Evaluating an Existing Messaging Infrastructure

  • Exercise 2: Gathering Business Requirements

  • Exercise 3: Creating a Requirements Document

  • Exercise 4: Discussion: Real-World Best Practices for Setting Budget Expectations

  • Module 2: Designing Active Directory and Message Routing
  • Designing an Active Directory Infrastructure

  • Designing Message Routing

  • Designing the Message Routing Perimeter

  • Module 3: Designing Exchange Servers
  • Designing Mailbox Servers

  • Designing Non-Mailbox Servers

  • Designing a Public Folder Architecture

  • Designing a Lab Environment

  • Module 4: Designing Security for a Messaging Environment
  • Designing an Administrative Model

  • Designing Message Security

  • Designing Antivirus and Anti-spam Solutions

  • Module 5: Designing Messaging Policies
  • Designing Exchange Recipient and Message Policies

  • Designing Mobile Device Policies

  • Designing Messaging Policies for Compliance

  • Module 6: Designing Coexistence and Interoperability Strategies with Other Messaging Systems
  • Overview of Coexistence and Interoperability with Other Messaging Systems

  • Designing a Coexistence Strategy with Previous Exchange Versions

  • Designing an Interoperability Strategy with Other Messaging Systems

  • Module 7: Designing an Exchange Server 2007 Upgrade Strategy
  • Overview of Available Upgrade Strategies

  • Designing a Transition From Previous Versions of Exchange

  • Designing a Migration From Other Messaging Systems

  • Module 8: Obtaining Approval for a Messaging Infrastructure Design
  • Preparing to Obtain Approval

  • Presenting and Finalizing a Design
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